Protection and Availability – The Modern Data Center

New Data Center technologies seemed only to apply to the largest of organizations that have many centralized resources. However, this doesn’t seem to be the case anymore as virtualization has enabled several SMBs to take advantage of shared resources. VMware has lead the way being the trusted platform provider of choice for more than 500,000 customers globally. What defines a data center as “Modern”? According to Veeam it has three key attributes:

It is highly virtualized – Uses modern storage – Cloud strategy is in place

So can SMBs take of advantage of Modern Day Protection and Availability. When almost all applications are critical to business operations, every enterprise lives or dies by its Availability. Can your legacy backup systems keep up with demands for a growing number of applications to be up and running 24.7.365. Can your SMB rely on sending tapes off-site as their Disaster Recovery Strategy? Many companies struggle with the best option for Availability on-site and offsite. That can specifically mean there are decisions between taking on-site backups, writing backups off-site and doing replicas both on and off-site.

Your Disaster Recovery strategy needs to be ongoing. A survey says that many companies either test their disaster recovery plan either less than once a year, or don’t test it at all.  The Modern Data allows for plenty of options and Availability techniques that work well for the SMBs. It is imporants to understand what options are available and how to proceed with effective designs for success. Improved Availability via high-speed recovery, data loss avoidance, complete visibility and more. I am a believer of Veeam’s long promoted the “3-2-1 Rule,” which states that there should be:

3 Copies of important data – On 2 different media – With 1 of which being off-site.

3: Maintain at least three copies of your data and applications. That’s the one copy you’re using and two backups.  This way, if one of your backups is unavailable for any reason (such as the backup is collocated with your primary copy and both go down), you can still recover what you need.
2: Store your backups on at least two different types of media. One reason for this is that each type of media has its own vulnerabilities, and you don’t want both of your backups susceptible to the same problem.  For example, two drives in a data center could be corrupted by the same virus or infrastructure failure.  By utilizing different media, you can reduce your exposure to the same incident preventing access to both of your backups.
1: Keep one of the backups in a different location. Consider a crisis in your primary data center, such as a fire or power failure.  If all of your copies are collocated, they can all be affected, taking down your organization.
0: Verify your recovery plan has zero errors. It is not uncommon for organizations to implement a reasonable recovery plan but fail to confirm that it performs as required.  Regular testing is essential to ensuring that, if you lose access to your data and applications, your organization can be back online in a minimal amount of time.

 Cloud backup solutions enable enterprises to store their data off-site securely using a storage service provider and the ability restore when they really need it. Data access, security and privacy are often considered key concerns for SMBs looking at cloud based services. Avoid the need to maintain a secondary site and incur capital expenses to build and support additional infrastructure for off-site backup or Disaster Recovery. Our team is glad to provide you additional details about our secure practices in place to ensure your data privacy and safety.

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